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19:1

MY SPECIAL DREIDEL

Domain:

Read the book I Have a Little Dreidel by Maxie Baum, then discuss how holidays (such asHanukkah) are unique and special, and the children will create their own Dreidel.

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Materials:

  • I Have a Little Dreidel by Maxie Baum
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons
  • Pre-cut shapes (if appropriate)
  • Dreidel template printed on thick paper (if appropriate)
  • Dolfi puppet
  • Song/ lyrics chart “It's Great to Be Me”
  • Activity tuneTOON® and tuneTOON®

Goals:

  • To compare their characteristics with others.
  • To display confidence in their unique abilities and characteristics.

Beginning:

  • Introduce Dolfi the puppet. Sing “It’s Great to Be Me.” Refer to the song lyrics as you sing. Repeat the song with movements and encourage the children to imitate you.
  • Say, “Today we’re going to read the book called I Have a Little Dreidel. The person who wrote this book is Maxie Baum. What do you see on the cover? Do you know what a dreidel is?” Listen to and acknowledge the children’s observations.
  • Say, “When celebrating Hanukkah, families may play with dreidels. Let’s read the story and learn more about this fun holiday tradition.”
  • Read the story. Pause to discuss examples of special Hanukkah traditions. Tell the children they are going to make a picture of a dreidel using shapes or make their own dreidel from the template (depending on the interest and abilities of children). Emphasize the different shapes that are used to create the parts of the dreidel (triangle, square, rectangle). Give each child the materials needed to complete the project.

Middle:

  • Encourage the children to use markers or crayons to decorate their dreidels. Ask the children what special traditions they have in their families to celebrate holidays.
  • Discuss how most families have holiday traditions, some are different and some are the same, and that we can have fun learning about other families’ traditions.

End:

  • Tell the children to share their dreidels with their families and ask about their own family traditions. Sing, “It’s Great to Be Me,” as the children wash their hands and walk to the next activity in the classroom’s daily routine.

Extend:

  • Bring dreidels and play games with the children or let them explore them on their own.
  • During circle time, explore the shapes that are part of other Hanukkah traditional items – Menorah, bowls of donuts and latkes.
  • To introduce the concept of the victory of light over darkness, have children color a white piece of paper with many colors, then completely cover the colors with a black crayon. Have children use a coin to scrape the black crayon off to reveal the colors underneath.
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EduPod 19:1

MY SPECIAL DREIDEL

Domain:

Learning Foundation:

Theme: Special Events

Song: It's Great To Be Me

Read the book I Have a Little Dreidel by Maxie Baum, then discuss how holidays (such as Hanukkah) are unique and special, and the children will create their own Dreidel.

Materials

  • I Have a Little Dreidel by Maxie Baum
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons
  • Pre-cut shapes (if appropriate)
  • Dreidel template printed on thick paper (if appropriate)
  • Dolfi puppet
  • Song/ lyrics chart “It's Great to Be Me”
  • Activity tuneTOON® and tuneTOON®

Desired Outcomes

  • To compare their characteristics with others.
  • To display confidence in their unique abilities and characteristics.

Beginning

  • Introduce Dolfi the puppet. Sing “It’s Great to Be Me.” Refer to the song lyrics as you sing. Repeat the song with movements and encourage the children to imitate you.
  • Say, “Today we’re going to read the book called I Have a Little Dreidel. The person who wrote this book is Maxie Baum. What do you see on the cover? Do you know what a dreidel is?” Listen to and acknowledge the children’s observations.
  • Say, “When celebrating Hanukkah, families may play with dreidels. Let’s read the story and learn more about this fun holiday tradition.”
  • Read the story. Pause to discuss examples of special Hanukkah traditions. Tell the children they are going to make a picture of a dreidel using shapes or make their own dreidel from the template (depending on the interest and abilities of children). Emphasize the different shapes that are used to create the parts of the dreidel (triangle, square, rectangle). Give each child the materials needed to complete the project.

Middle

  • Encourage the children to use markers or crayons to decorate their dreidels. Ask the children what special traditions they have in their families to celebrate holidays.
  • Discuss how most families have holiday traditions, some are different and some are the same, and that we can have fun learning about other families’ traditions.

End

  • Tell the children to share their dreidels with their families and ask about their own family traditions. Sing, “It’s Great to Be Me,” as the children wash their hands and walk to the next activity in the classroom’s daily routine.

Extend

  • Bring dreidels and play games with the children or let them explore them on their own.
  • During circle time, explore the shapes that are part of other Hanukkah traditional items – Menorah, bowls of donuts and latkes.
  • To introduce the concept of the victory of light over darkness, have children color a white piece of paper with many colors, then completely cover the colors with a black crayon. Have children use a coin to scrape the black crayon off to reveal the colors underneath.

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